June 2013 Newsletter

Welcome back to another edition of our Science Behind the Sci-Fi newsletter!

With 6 month’s now behind us, we wanted to thank all of you for your support over as we got the Science Behind the Sci-Fi section of the company off the ground!  Our mission of making science accurate games is important to us, and we really want to share the science behind them with our fans.  So it really wouldn’t mean anything without people like you. Our audience group continues to grow due to all of your efforts to share us with your friends.  Please help continue this by tweeting about us and sharing news from us on Facebook.

To all the first time readers out there, the goal of this newsletter is simply to highlight the science related activity behind the creation of the Science Fiction video games being developed by Broken Crown Games.  We really appreciate everyone taking the time to read our stuff, and encourage everyone to jump on our forums and help in the effort of making science accurate games by simply chatting in our general discussion section.  So without further delay, lets get this newsletter started!

Continuing with the trend from the last two newsletters, lets start with some special news:

  • First off, let me name drop a little, and say I had the chance to have drinks with Buzz Aldrin this month!  The unique opportunity came about during a black tie event in Washington, DC, which was put on by the Federation of Galaxy Explorers.  And let me say, Buzz has some style!  Sporting a maroon suit with a bow tie made of twisted metal – very cool.
  • Also, our Astrobiology panelist, Jacob Haqq-Misra, has been working closely on the Lone Signal project, which after much effort has finally launched this month.  So congratulations to all that contributed to that project, and for those of you that haven’t heard what it is, go check it out.  The project gives anyone and everyone the chance to create a customized message that gets sent into space!
  • Another cool update is that Robert Hampson, our Neuroscience panelist, is at it again!  This month he was interviewed by podcast The Future and You.  Take a listen!

‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ Panel Overview

  • Science Focus: Paleobotany
  • Author: Jamie Boyer
  • Overview: Jamie takes a look at the root systems of early plant life on Earth in order to explain the important role root systems will play when attempting to grow plants on other planets.
  • Up Next Month: How Plants Survive, Part 1: Leaves & Stems
  • Science Focus: Neuroscience
  • Author: Robert Hampson
  • Overview: Robert continues to the second of three posts on the hypothalamus.  This month, he breaks down the hypothalamus into its different regions and their respective functions.
  • Up Next Month: Hypothalamus SSI: The Self-Healing Ability
  • Science Focus: Astrobiology
  • Author: Jacob Haqq-Misra
  • Overview: In our sci-fi story, Saturn’s moon of Titan has become a habitable planet.  So this month, Jacob focuses in on what is necessary to make that possible.
  • Up Next Month: Titan’s Subsurface Oceans
  • Science Focus: Astrophysics
  • Author: Amitai Bin-Nun
  • Overview: In the Broken Crown universe, human civilization decided to spread out across numerous worlds to prevent a species extinction due to a single cosmic event.  This month, Amitai continues his ‘Dangers of Space’ posts with a focus on the potential dangers of asteroids and other near-Earth-objects (NEOs).
  • Up Next Month: Dangers of Space: Stellar Life Cycles
GUEST PANEL:
Life on Mars (on Earth)

  • Science Focus: Physics and Science Journalism
  • Author: Kate Greene
  • Overview: Join Kate as she describes her experiences from inside the HI-SEAS, after 2 months in seclusion with only her 5 other crew members.  Listen to her story as she tells you what its like inside a Mars simulation experiment.
  • Up Next Month: Scott Viguie, also know as Dr. Geek, uses his PhD in Archeology and applies it to the science behind our game’s science-fiction!

This Month in Science

Just like last month, there are a ton of great things to showcase, and so few spots to highlight it all.  Here are our selections for this week’s featured science news:

  • After Amitai’s post above, I thought it was worth showcasing this article, which talks about NASA’s new mission to find ways to prevent asteroids from killing live on Earth, and their asking for your help.  Help NASA stop killer asteroids!
  • Just 22 light-years away (fairly close), scientists discovered 3 new planets in a stars habitable zone!
  • One cool bit of news from our friends over at Astronaut.com is a video of flight engineer Karen Nyberg (currently on the International Space Station) talks about here work, as well as how her work effects her family.
  • As a biomedical engineer with a degree in nanofabrication as well, this last bit of news is something I’m extremely excited about!  All that ‘hypothetical’ organic chemistry has finally been proven correct after scientists uncover a way to see atomic structures!

That’s all for now!

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy some of this month’s content.  If you want to hear more from us, follow this newsletter, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter.
Cheers,
-Tyler
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May 2013 Newsletter

Before we get into this month’s normal content, I have a few special announcements:

  • The first announcement is a shout out to our very own, Robert Hampson.  Do you remember this post discussing our game’s use of futuristic brain implants to enhance natural human abilities? Well this month, Robert was interviewed for a CNN article to discuss a real-world application of this very idea!
  • While we’re speaking about great news regarding our ‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ panel, after a few talks, our team has worked out a deal with Astronaut.com, to have our ‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ posts featured on their site as well, which will further our goal of spreading science through entertainment.  They’re a new site, that like us, shows the lighter side of science, and I’d encourage everyone to go check out them out if you have the time.
  • Finally, one last bit of news: after our successful Kickstarter, we have purchased the Pro version of the forums…no more ad-words!  It’s easier to navigate – go start a Science Behind the Sci-Fi thread of your own!

‘Science Behind the Sci-Fi’ Panel Overview

  • Science Focus: Paleobotany
  • Author: Jamie Boyer
  • Overview: Jamie continues the trend from his last post, discussing a different view of how plants can aid in space colonization – exploring how even non-edible plants are still of value in space as medicine, fuel, or toxins.
  • Up Next Month: The Varied Uses of Plants, Part 2
  • Science Focus: Neuroscience
  • Author: Robert Hampson
  • Overview: This is the first of a three part post regarding the hypothalamus and how it could interact with the “SSI” implant abilities in Escaping Titan.
  • Up Next Month: Hypothalamus: Where, When, & How
  • Science Focus: Astrobiology
  • Author: Jacob Haqq-Misra
  • Overview: Jacob takes you to school, giving you a crash course on the concept of terraforming and the term’s origins – all things to wet your palate for next month’s post.
  • Up Next Month: Terraforming Titan
  • Science Focus: Astrophysics
  • Author: Amitai Bin-Nun
  • Overview: Another post on the Dangers of Space, this time Amitai gives you a glimpse into radiation in space.  Even showing how US astronauts’ exposure limits compare to those set for nuclear plant workers — which will make a pretty cool trivia fact to stump your friends.
  • Up Next Month: Dangers of Space: Asteroids & NEOs
GUEST PANEL: The Future of Crowdfunding Space Missions

  • Science Focus: Space Colonization
  • Author: David J. Geaney
  • Overview: David explores the realistic side of the ‘Terraboom Era’ found in the Escaping Titan backstory.
  • Up Next Month: We’re extremely excited about next month’s guest, Kate Greene, who will be posting from HI-SEAS, after 2 months in seclusion with only her 5 other crew members, and another 2 months to go in their space exploration simulation experiment!

This Month in Science

Just like last month, there are a ton of great things to showcase, and so few spots to highlight it all.  Here are our selections for this week’s featured science news:

  • So to start things off, let’s give out a shout out to all the mothers out there since Mother’s Day was this month.  The Sun wanted to celebrate the day with some fireworks of its own.  And it wasn’t done there, welcome to the solar maxima everyone!  (Funny side note, just before Mother’s Day, I was joking with an astrophysicist that with these flares getting larger and more frequent, we might not get our sci-fi game out in time before it becomes sci-fact.)
  • Next I’d like to take things away from the space realm since that’s our most common science showcased.  Instead, since in Escaping Titan we’re going to use the concept of 3-D printing, I wanted to showcase a cool post I found with respect to a man who is using 3-D printing to make limb prosthetics.
  • And to wrap things up, we wanted to say our goodbyes.  RIP Kepler Space Telescope.  The confirmed planet count is at 132.

That’s all for now!

That’s it for this month. We hope you enjoyed reading. If you want to hear more about what Broken Crown Games is doing subscribe to our ‘Company’ Newsletter, which will be sent soon – not registered for it? Register here!
Thanks everyone,
-Tyler